Waking Hours (Hazepaw x Nettlefur) May 24, 2013 1:53:57 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on May 24, 2013 1:53:57 GMT -5
Nettlefur quietly picked his way through the leaves and rubble of the forest floor, the lanky tom travelling a bit slower than he generally did. He tread slower today to accommodate the new apprentice that he was leading. Hazepaw was quite a bit smaller than the tall tom, his youthful stature not quite as graceful as it would be, and Nettlefur didn't want him to have to struggle to keep up. The tom wondered how observant his companion was as he walked carefully and soundlessly, not upsetting the terrain below him. It was of the utmost importance to teach Hazepaw to move silently; the swiftness would come with experience.
Nettlefur did not know the younger tortoiseshell very well, and had rarely seen him around camp. He'd heard an abundance of whispers, however, about the kits inability to become a warrior. It was something that the tom had neither partaken in nor accepted, and it came as little surprise to him that the young tom had been hard to place with a mentor. However, the tom had been more than willing to take on the mentorship of Hazepaw, and was determined to find a way to help the young tom succeed.
The first step, he supposed, was confidence. After all the bitter hisses that had surrounded the young cat, especially as he was allowed to become an apprentice, must have taken some sort of toll on him. He was bringing him here to give him a lesson in the warrior code, and later hunting. Frogs were easy to catch, he reasoned, and easy to find. The mottled tabby intended on setting a strong foundation for Hazepaw, so that his apprentice could build on skills he'd already developed, and become a strong, well rounded warrior. What separated Nettlefur from other mentoring candidates was that he was a critical thinker, and a planner. He intended to observe Hazepaw, and help him learn to cope with and improve his sleeping condition. Today, in fact, while the other apprentices had been woken early to go learn the borders, Nettlefur had waited until Hazepaw awoke in his own time, so as to not deprive him of any sleep. He didn't want to train Hazepaw with the other apprentices much, anyways. He would not have his apprentice ridiculed on his watch, and he felt like he had more to teach him alone. Of course, Hazepaw would eventually do battle training with the other apprentices, but not until he had a strong grasp of foundation concepts.
The pair arrived at the edges of the marshy pools and Nettlefur stopped and sat, wrapping his long tail around his paws. He turned to look at the tortoiseshell tom and asked, "What do you know of the warrior code, Hazepaw?"
Word count; 459
Notes; Big Coat by Wiretree